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Hi I'm John

I'm a Mormon

About Me

My wife and I are empty nesters, having raised two daughters and two sons. I am an architect and enjoy cycling and photographing sea life and nature.

Why I am a Mormon

My Parents brought me up in the Church and from an early age I was taught about God. That he was my Heavenly Father, that he loved me and wanted the very best for me, that he wanted me to be happy. As I have lived I have had many experiences that have reinforced the existence of God and his love for me. I cannot say that there were not times that I questioned His existence, but through prayer and trying to live by his teachings, I have come to have a testimony that God does exist. That he does not only love me, but all mankind. That he knows me and that I can have a personal relationship with him. I have felt his love and guidance. Sometimes it is hard to understand why we have to pass through so much sorrow in this world, but I have been taught that everything that God does has the purpose of helping us learn the things we must in order to return to him. I do believe this to be the case. That we are here on earth to learn those things necessary to obtain eternal life. As I have studied the scriptures, pondered and prayed about the principles that they teach, I have gained a testimony of their truthfulness and that they can help guide me in the direction that God would have me go. Along with the Bible, I believe that the Book of Mormon is scripture, teachings received by prophets from our Heavenly Father. I believe that there is also a prophet on the earth today that has been called of God, like those in the scriptures, who receives revelation to guide us in our day.

How I live my faith

I serve in a young single adult congregation, made up of single adults in their 20's and early thirties. I have also taught early morning seminary to high school aged students where I had an opportunity to teach gospel principles to these students each morning before school. My desire to serve, my love of those I serve and my love of the Savior and the gospel has grown profoundly as I have had a chance to teach and serve in these and similar callings. In every case I feel that I have learned more than I have taught.